Grant Award: $6,000 — Brewer’s Grain: It’s More Than Just Beer
Shannon purchased a large dump trailer to haul wet spent grain from Greenman Brewing of Asheville to feed to his cattle. He has used Greenman’s spent grain since 1999. Now that the brewery is doubling its production, Shannon needs to increase his hauling capacity.
The trailer pays for itself in two years with the savings of labor and travel. In the future, Shannon expects to increase freezer beef production and possibly expand his cow/calf operation with the additional grain. Studies have shown spent grains add protein and fiber to the diet of animals.
Shannon said the project helps sustain his fourth generation farm for the long term. “I hope in the future I will be able to farm full-time and that my son and daughter will continue the fifth and possibly sixth generations to the Morgan Farm,” he said. “I feel that life as a farmer has taught me to be a more established worker and better leader and allowed me to maintain the knowledge to make better decisions.”
Shannon advertises freezer beef through social media, Craig’s list and word of mouth.